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Tuesday, October 8 2002

Ex Models/The Seconds: Split EP

How to describe a violent burst of sound, four songs in five and a half minutes time, produced by two different bands? Well, that’s

Ray Brown Trio: Some of My Best Friends Are . . . Guitarists

Ray Brown, just about the most respected bassist in jazz, died earlier this year. Ever productive over six-decades of professional work, for the last few

The Apples in Stereo: Velocity of Sound

The Apples in Stereo always fill their 1960s-influenced pop-rock songs with extra verve and power when they play live. While all of their songs are

Justin Adams: Desert Road

Called “Britain’s answer to Ry Cooder” by the UK’s Guardian, Justin Adams is a bright imaginative guitarist. As an ambassador’s son, he

Monday, October 7 2002

Various Artists: Chooglin’: A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty

One of the most instantly recognizable voices in music is that of John Fogerty. A dirty and rough sound, filled with aggression, passion and loneliness,

Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Make a note of that label. In years to come collectors will go all gooey-eyed at its very mention. Only two years old, Khaeon has

Pepper: Kona Town

First things first. Get the nutshell version of the review out of the way. Kona Town hail from Hawaii and have since relocated to California.

Johnny Paycheck: The Soul & The Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck

In 1972, Johnny Paycheck released what eventually became one of his best-known singles, “She’s All I Got”. An emblematic example of the countrypolitan sound, the

Penny Dreadful: Sanctuary

Three kids get together to form a rock band; two of them play guitar and one plays drums. They sit around listening to U2 and

Jerzee Monét: Love & War

If you’ve listened to the radio lately, your attention might have been aroused by a mysterious voice singing what seems to be more of

The Loveless: A Tale of Gin and Salvation

You might have expected the favourite album of a PopMatters writer like myself to be one of the classics by the usual suspects of the

The Gourds: Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

If I was to list my five favorite cover songs of all time, The Gourds’ country hoe-down version of Snoop Dogg’s signature song “Gin

What I Like About You

Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.

John Doe

In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.

Hidden Hills

Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.

American Dreams

American Dreams recognizes an important point: rock and roll was deeply dependent on television in its early days. And that hasn't really changed.

Thursday, October 3 2002

Various Artists: Bhangra Beatz: A Naxos World Collection

[Banished words/phrases in this review: Bollywood, India/Pakistan conflict, “gang-bhangers”.] Double-headed drums dominate the two main strains of Indian-derived dance music floating around these

Squarepusher: Do You Know Squarepusher?

I’ve always been a diehard Squarepusher fan. Since his days of acid drum and bass, I’ve worshiped every note he’s played on

Andy Stochansky: Five Star Motel

Andy Stochansky’s music never made it out of my scorched earth break-up. For the longest time, he inhabited the ruined space of everything that

OK GO: self-titled

Take some smart guys a la Weezer, mix in a little bit of The Cars, add in some organic elements of J. Geils Band, stir

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